Brent A. Brown, AIA

Founding Director

Brent A. Brown, AIA, is a Dallas architect working daily to balance social, economic, and environmental issues by deploying design to enhance livability for all Dallas' residents. Through his efforts Dallas is re-visioning how it lives, works and plays. In 2005, Mr. Brown founded the buildingcommunityWORKSHOP, a local non-profit community design resource seeking to improve the livability and viability of communities through the practice of thoughtful design and making. He is also the Founding Director of the City of Dallas’ CityDesign Studio stewarding the urban design vision for the city. By engaging residents, landowners, business owners, investors and community stakeholders, Brent deploys a community-led planning method building shared vision for the city's future. Winner of numerous local and national design awards, he is especially proud to be the 2011 recipient of the Dallas Historical Society Award for Excellence in Humanities for his sensitive work in reconciling and balancing future growth with the interests of existing communities. The Canadian Institute of Planning has also recognized his work with an Award for Planning Excellence in Urban Design.

Mr. Brown’s approach to improving livability includes utilizing renewable energy and physical form to improve human health in communities. In 2010, Brent represented the southwest region as part of the President’s Forum on Clean Energy and Public Health at the White House and is an active member of the US Green Building Council. In 2013, Mr. Brown joined the International Economic Development Advisory Board of Rotterdam in The Netherlands and recently joined The Health and Wellness Alliance for Children as a member of its Steering Committee.

Brent is a strong advocate for Public Design earning his Bachelor of Environmental Design and Master of Architecture from Texas A&M University. Since 2010, he has been a guest lecturer of the Public Interest Design Institute at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and served as an advisor to the 2011 AIA Latrobe Prize focusing on Public Interest Practice.

Brent resides with his family in the century old Munger Place Neighborhood in Old East Dallas.